Provincial government must do more to ensure safe drug supply, says dad of overdose victim
August 28, 2019 | CBC News - BC

A B.C. man whose son died of fentanyl poisoning is calling on the provincial government to do more to ensure a safe drug supply. John Hedican’s son, Ryan, died on a Vancouver job site in 2017. The 26-year-old was a loving older brother to two siblings and had just finished eight months of re...

International Overdose Awareness Day 2019 will see B.C. events take a political but subdued tone, activists say
August 27, 2019 | Georgia Straight

Earlier this month, Leslie McBain travelled to Kelowna to spend time with a woman who had lost a first and then a second son to drug overdoses. “She’s a good friend and she goes up and down, so I was there to take care of her,” McBain recounted in a telephone interview. McBain is a founding ...

Canada Might Have Found a Back Door to End the War on Drugs
August 19, 2019 | VICE

Every Tuesday afternoon at 4:45 p.m., Melody Cooper’s siblings and mother meet for bingo at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic school in East Vancouver. Cooper, 44, smiled and spoke warmly of the tradition. But she said her heroin addiction—something she’d struggled with for 17 years—has kept h...

What Halifax can learn from Vancouver as overdose site prepares to open
August 14, 2019 | The Star Halifax

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia may not see the same level of opioid deaths as the west coast, but as Halifax’s overdose site prepares to open this year, Dr. Christy Sutherland of Vancouver says it’s vital to have systems in place before “things shift.” Sutherland is originally from Halifax and got he...

New injectable option offered for chronic opioid addicts in Victoria
August 14, 2019 | Times Colonist

Island Health is trying to address the overdose crisis in Victoria with a new injectable treatment for chronic opioid addiction. Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment, referred to as iOAT, will be offered to residents of Johnson Street Community, a supportive housing facility downtown with capacity fo...

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